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Metascore

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80
L.A. Weekly
Not just the funniest but the smartest comedy around by a mile.
75
Entertainment Weekly
The races are scorchingly shot, and they lend the movie a zest.
75
New York Daily News
Reilly can play nuts, too, and in a lower gear that reins Ferrell in. They're a great team.
70
The Hollywood Reporter
From its pitch-perfect title through just about every detail, this sendup of sports-triumph movies maintains the right parodic pitch, if not always the highest mph on the laugh speedometer.
70
Variety
Simultaneously teasing and loving a subject doesn't make for easy comedy, but writer-star Will Ferrell and director/co-writer Adam McKay pull it off with good-ol'-boy good nature in Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.
70
Village Voice
Ferrell reminds the audience of why he matters: because he's the loudest, driest, and most fearless comic actor working.
70
A bit of a mess, but it is a genial mess, and one that will make you laugh. Which is the whole idea.
67
The A.V. Club
When the crazy comes, it's pretty good crazy. Ferrell is in full-on brazen redneck mode, doing a variation on his "Saturday Night Live" George W. Bush impression.
67
Silly, inconsistent, and completely frivolous, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby also happens to be one of the funniest movies this side of 2006.
50
ReelViews
You laugh a few times but, in the end, you wonder why you bothered.

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